1. What inspired you to become an eye doctor and how is your practice different from others?
My own poor vision brought me to the profession. I still remember my first pair of glasses and the feeling of, “Oh my, there are leaves on trees!” Being able to pass along that feeling to others always continues to warm my heart. As I grew, my prescription was increasing every 3-6 months. I still recall seeing numerous optometrists and ophthalmologists over the years and the fact that none of them took the time to talk about what was happening to me and my fear that my rapidly increasing prescription was going to cause me to go blind.
What sets my practice apart from others is the time I spend with the patient explaining and showing what my findings are. To assist me, I have a great staff and the newest instrumentation to more rapidly and accurately measure the patient’s visual system. For instance, instead of using an air puff to measure the eye pressure, we use iCare, a handheld, no eyedrop method that is faster and more accurate. My biomicroscope has a video and still camera. This enables me to show the patient in real time what I’m seeing about their eye or eye health.
2. What was your favorite book when you were a child?
“The Giving Tree” by Shel Silverstein; “The Cricket in Times Square” by George Selden; anything by Roald Dahl
3. What are three things that you love to do outside of work?
- Reading. I’m a book collector with over 3,000 hardbacks and love mystery and modern fiction. Current favorite authors are Michael Connelly, Janet Evanovich, Lee Child…
- Play Basketball. I still “play” in three basketball leagues.
- Watch movies. I don’t get out as often as I’d like, so I tend to buy a lot of movies.
4. Who is your all-time favorite musician/band and movie?
- U2 and Oingo Boingo
- Movies are tough because I have favorite genres. Overall, I’d have to go with “The Godfather I and II”
5. Why did you sign up to become a Certified ChromaGen Practitioner?
When I first heard about the product, I knew it was something I wanted to offer to my patients. As an avid reader, I can’t imagine someone not reading because they can’t. I’ve trained at San Bernardino’s Juvenile Hall and was astonished at how the vast majority of children incarcerated there had vision and reading problems. Seeing their self-esteem rise as they began to conquer their difficulties still affects me over 20 years later.
5a. Do you have a favorite ChromaGen success story to share?
We had a patient in for a routine eye exam. He didn’t report any problems with his vision, but his parents wanted him checked to be sure. Exam was normal, but he had difficulty staying on task. I asked his parents about how he was doing in school and that’s when they reported that he was reading below grade level and his grades and self-esteem were also lagging. When we ran the ChromaGen assessment, he immediately began perking up and was excited to run the word paragraph. The filters increased his reading speed by over 60 words, enabled him to stay on task, and caused an immediate change in his personality. His Father, who was acting as our timer, and my staff and myself all became misty eyed at this dramatic turnaround.
6. What are your top three tips for eye care?
- See your eye doctor regularly.
- Don’t hesitate to contact your eye doctor if something happens to your eye and/or your vision. Waiting to see if it gets better on its own invariably increases the healing time or damage.
- Try to live a moderate, healthy lifestyle.
7. Is your practice using social media to reach new and/or existing customers/patients? If so, where can our readers find you?
I’m fairly new to social media. We use our Facebook page to post new information about the practice, specials we’re running, etc… I do my best to keep out of the patient’s email and use it for personal correspondence.
Dr. Yang – Biography
A 1990 graduate of the Southern California College of Optometry, Dr. Yang received the Silhouette Award in Clinical Geriatrics, the Allergan Optical Contact Lens award and a Beta Sigma Kappa Research Grant. He received a B.S. in Biology from UC Irvine in 1986 and appeared on the Dean’s List.
Most of his career has been spent working with Ophthalmologists. He has performed Pre and Post-Operative examinations for a multitude of conditions, including Cataract, Glaucoma, Penetrating Keratoplasty (Corneal Transplant) and LASIK. He has experience working with patients of all ages, from six day old newborns to 106 year olds. Read More!